Automatic, a small Bluetooth-enabled device that turns most any vehicle into a truly connected car, is accelerating into the future with two big announcements.
First up, the company has introduced the Automatic App Gallery with an app update to version 2.7.1.
As the name suggests, the gallery features more than 20 third-party apps that work with the device. Some of the big names included at launch are IFTTT, Nest, Pebble, Jawbone UP, and others. When you use any of the apps, you’ll need to give permission to access data from your Automatic account.
And to support three popular real-time car data apps, DashCommand, Harry’s LapTimer, and OBD Fusion, the company has also introduced a new generation of its hardware. The second-generation Automatic features dual Bluetooth streams – one to the Automatic app and another to any applicable third-party title.
The revamped adapter also features built-in GPS, Made for iPhone certification, and an improved connector to better fit in vehicles. It retails for $99.95 and can be ordered from the company’s site now. It works with most cars with a built-in OBD-II port, which has been standard on most vehicles sold in the United States since 1996.
Here’s an interactive demo of Automatic’s Apple Watch app courtesy of our sister site WatchAware.